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Medallions (Jewish Lives)

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Considered a masterpiece of antifascist world literature, Medallions (written in 1945 and first published in 1946) stands as the culmination of Nalkowska's literary style — a style that the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz once described as "the iron capital of her art and one of the very few exportables in our national literature." Written in documentary-narrative form, with simple, concise, severely elegant prose, the book gives voice to the experience of victims and witnesses of the Nazi genocide.<P>Medallions comprises seven short stories and one summation, "The Adults and Children of Auschwitz." These terse, sometimes fragmented pieces take the form of testimonials, private interviews, and chance conversations in which the protagonists, speaking for themselves from their limited understanding of the human drama, also speak on behalf of millions. More than mere historical record, Medallions presents the reader with a startlingly immediate performance — the repetition of a past event as it persists in the testimonial present, in the scars on the consciousness and consciences of individuals.

Synopsis:

Considered a masterpiece of antifascist world literature, Medallions stands as the culmination of Nalkowska's literary style, a style the Polish writer Witold Gombrowicz once described as "the iron capital of her art and one of the very few exportables in our national literature." More than mere historical record, Medallions offers the reader startling immediacy, the repetition of an event as it persists in the testimonial present, in the scars on the consciousness and conscience of individuals.

About the Author

A novelist, dramatist, short-story writer, and essayist, Zofia Nalkowska (1884-1954) was a leading proponent of the avant-garde of her day. A resident of Warsaw, she was an active member of the Polish PEN Club, the first female member of the Polish Academy of Literature, and the patron of a popular Warsaw literary salon. Her life in occupied Warsaw during World War II is the subject of her Wartime Diaries and Medallions.

Diana Kuprel has a doctorate in comparative literature from the University of Toronto. She is a postdoctoral fellow for the Literary History Project, University of Toronto, and editor in chief of Books in Canada: The Canadian Review of Books.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments

Introduction

Professor Spanner

The Hole

The Cemetery Lady

By the Railway Track

Dwojra Zielona

The Visa

The Man Is Strong

The Adults and Children of Auschwitz

Product Details

ISBN:
9780810117433
Translator:
Kuprel, Diana
Author:
Kuprel, Diana
Author:
Nalkowska, Zofia
Author:
Nakowska, Zofia
Publisher:
Northwestern University Press
Location:
Evanston, Ill. :
Subject:
General
Subject:
Literary
Subject:
Fiction
Subject:
Biography
Subject:
Military - World War II
Subject:
World war, 1939-1945
Subject:
Short Stories (single author)
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945)
Subject:
Holocaust survivors in literature
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish
Subject:
World War, 19
Subject:
Jewish fiction.
Subject:
Holocaust, jewish (1939-1945), in literature
Subject:
Literature-A to Z
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Jewish Lives (Paperback)
Series Volume:
008-99
Publication Date:
20000231
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Pages:
49
Dimensions:
8 x 5 in

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